City Desk

The Needle: Metro Station Gets a New Name Edition

New York Ave. NoMo': The New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U. Metro station officially becomes NoMa-Gallaudet U. tomorrow. Who's been pushing the NoMa name? Let's turn to an unusually frank Wikipedia entry (emphasis added):

NoMa (sometimes stylized NoMA) is an initialism for "North of Massachusetts Avenue" that is being used by real estate developers to brand a large tract of land

Sounds terrible. -1 (+1 for shorter station name, -2 for unintuitive shortening)

Crying Wolf: Washington reporters continue to tweet that charges are being filed against Vincent Gray, the joke being that the Vincent Gray in question isn't Mayor Vince Gray. The Examiner's Alan Blinder is the latest offender, with his doppelgray being a cab driver. It's a lot of excitement, then a lot of letdown. -2

Making the Grade: Tomorrow afternoon, Gray is announcing the launch of grade.dc.gov, a service that purports to let people grade city services on their smart phones. This town needed a way to vent on your phone that isn't Twitter. +3

Preppies Against Kumar: Actor and former Obama staffer Kal Penn returned to the metro area last night to attend Obama campaign events and was protested by demonstrators described by the Examiner as "khaki-clad, boat-shoed." +8

Monday's Needle rating: 27 Today's score: +8 Today's Needle rating: 35

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  • http://twitter.com/monkeyrotica monkeyrotica

    This is truly a sad day for ENoCa and ESwamPoo.

  • noodlez

    JUST LIKE NATIONAL AIRPORT WILL FOREVA BE CALL "NATIONAL".
    THAT RED LINE STOP WILL STILL BE CALLED "NYAVE".

    METRO IS GOING TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET!

  • andrew

    Everyone moans about this neighborhood/station being named by a group of Real Estate developers, but there really wasn't much of an alternative.

    Having only served industrial uses in the past, the area around the NoMA/NY Ave Metro station literally never had a name. At that, the station's old name was pretty inaccurate, being several blocks away from the intersection of NY and Florida Ave (the name stems from original proposals for the station, which would have been further north than the current site).

    I don't love the name either, but it's better than inaccurately reusing an old name, arbitrarily extending an existing neighborhood, or having no name at all.

  • dud

    actually, let's place the blame where it truly lies -- the real estate lobby in this region inevitably gets whatever it wants, and it is ridiculous.

  • Will Sommer
  • dud

    Agency, dear writer (though I'm sure at this point, City Paper, has dispensed with such a concept). Developers are in a constant state of appraisal and long term gambling. When someone tells you prices are low, they're just fishing for the fool hardiest of customers obviously. Low pricing is the new pornography.

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